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In Loving Memory

William "Bill" Cooper Lewis

October 20, 1961 – August 8, 2020

William "Bill" Cooper Lewis was born on October 20, 1961 to Betty Ouida Walters and Jack W. Lewis in Forest, Mississippi but made his way to Texas when he was 2 months old. He attended Clear Creek Independent School District and he was a very proud alumni of Clear Creek High School, Class of 1980. Bill consistently attributed his passion for education and his drive for success to his friends and their families in the Clear Lake, Nassau Bay, and Webster areas as well as his teachers from CCISD. He remained one of the Wildcats' biggest fans, even when his children and wife wore burnt orange.

He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Radio and Television and a Master's Degree in Communication, both from the University of Houston.

Bill married the love of his life, Barbara Williams Lewis, on December 15, 1984. They have 3 children, Thomas Christian, Geoffrey Cooper, and Samantha Carolyn. Bill's greatest passion was loving his wife and children.  He loved fishing, coaching, and watching Tom, Geoff and Sam play sports, and of course football. His favorite holidays were Thanksgiving and Christmas, because that is when the house was full of noise and chaos.

Bill served as an instructor in broadcasting with Alvin Community College for 35 years and has taught and mentored many radio and television professionals in the region and throughout the country. Listeners will recognize him most as the voice of Alvin ISD football games. Every Friday night in the fall since 1982, Bill could be heard on KACC 89.7 FM calling the plays of football games for Alvin, Manvel, Shadow Creek High and surrounding school districts.  For his dedication to the district, Alvin ISD named the second floor of the press box at Memorial Stadium as the Bill Lewis Media Room in 2017. In what would be his final game, Bill called the state championship win for Shadow Creek High School in 2019.

Aside from his duties as chair of the Communications program, Bill was the college's athletic director and had served as interim Dean of Technical and Human Performance programs. In 2010, Bill was recognized by his peers by receiving the ACC Foundation Excellence Award.

Bill is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Samantha, son Thomas and wife Kathryn, son Geoffrey and wife Briana, and granddaughter, Evelyn; aunt Mary Ellen Stahl and husband Bob; sister Judy Price and brother-in-law John, and their daughter Jennifer; sister Marsha Watkins and her children Catheryn and Roo; brother Steve Lewis and sister-in-law Christine, and their children Elizabeth and Collin; brother-in-law Dale Binger, his sons Lyle and Matthew. Mother-in-law Nancy Williams, and Father-in-law Wayne Williams, brother-in-law David Williams and sister-in-law Anneke, and her daughters Aleathia and Savana; sister-in-law Susan Zebe her sons Michael and Robert; along with a multitude of great nieces and nephews and friends whom he deeply loved.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Betty Lewis, brother John Lewis, and sister Lou Binger; brother-in-law Bill Watkins; and brother-in-law Dave Zebe.

His family is holding a private service on August 15, 2020 and plans to hold a community wide celebration of his legacy at Alvin Memorial Stadium in the fall of 2020.

With the Lewis Family, the ACC Foundation will be honoring his legacy with the creation of the Bill Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund. These scholarships will provide tuition assistance to ACC students in need and continue to celebrate Bill for years to come.  Donations can be made through this link https://epay.alvincollege.edu/C20358_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=414 or mailing address Alvin Community College Education Foundation: 3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, Texas 77511

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11 thoughts on “William "Bill" Cooper Lewis”

  1. Such a wonderful man , I was privileged to meet him as a student in 1996 . I was all radio, never thought at all about the TV side. I volunteered to work the football games that fall. As I walked by Bill's office , I heard his voice call out "hey did you sign up for football?" I said yes, he asked me if I ever thought about sports broadcasting as a career, and I said Yeah. His advice was to learn the TV side of broadcasting as well. With only an hour to spare that day to change classes, he helped me map out my start. I hurried to the admin building and changed two classes to start my TV journey. I took to TV fast and was good at editing. Bill recommended me to KPRC to apply for an unpaid internship working in the sports department. After that internship ended, several months later, again Bill recommended me to a morning editing position at KPRC. I'm my 3rd day on that job, the lead editor quit and I was thrust into the lead role. Without the preparation of KACC and Bill's instruction, I would have failed but instead I thrived. Two years later, again I was recommended to apply for a full time position at FOX where I spent a better part of 17 years . You see when Bill recommended you, it was all but a sure thing to get a job because Bill's word was gold. I spent many nights side by side with Bill in the broadcast booth… listening and learning from him. Two years ago I asked him if I could do play by play and he said yes, you are ready. I was horrible at first but the more I did it, the more of Bill I heard coming out of me. I learned so much from him not only on the job but as a father and a man. BIll's door was always open for advice on anything. His door is still open, just now he has a well deserved "higher office". I know if the show must go on… and I'm able to sit in the booth and call another game, he will always be there with his words of advice. Rest In Peace my friend, I was honored to have you as a friend and mentor .

  2. A dam broke the minute I heard of Bill's passing because I knew how devastating this would be to Barbara, Tommy, Geoff, and Samantha. I immediately started praying for them. We knew Bill mostly through our daughter, Kathryn, who married Tommy and was accepted lovingly into their family. She often talked of how close the family was and of the love they shared. They also lovingly accepted Briana into their family when she married Geoff. It was through that love that they they became grandparents. Bill and Barbara did an amazing job of bringing up their children and taught them to share the love and care they had grown up with. And just as Bill and Barbara have been so proud of their children, those children have every reason to be proud of their parents. Bill's legacy will live on in his children and in the lives of every child they bring into the world. I hope the outpouring of love the family has received will strengthen them and keep the memories of Bill alive with the knowledge of how many people's lives he touched and uplifted. I hope that during this time of unspeakable pain, each member of the family will not only turn to each other and any higher power they may believe in, but will also turn to their extended family and friends and know that they do not suffer alone. My prayers will continue to be with them all.

  3. Barbara,
    I just heard the news of Bill's passing today. Words cannot begin to express how much my heart aches for you and the kids. I know how much he loved his beautiful family and how proud he was of each of you. He was an amazing man! I am praying for you and the kids.

    I will always cherish the friendship Bill and I shared as teens and young adults. From junior high to the time we married and started down life's path I never had a closer friend. I can vividly recall many conversations we had over the years of how we would be as husbands and fathers. Bill exceeded every dream he had in life and I know God made his dreams possible by bringing each of you to him. An amazing husband, father, son, brother, friend, and member of the community.
    God blessed each life that had the opportunity to share life with Bill Lewis. His kindness, humor, wit, loyalty, enthusiasm for life, belief in others…..simply everything about him made him such a unique and uncommon man.
    I know how much he will be missed. Like you, I just cannot believe it.
    I understand that the service on Saturday is a private memorial for the family. Please know I would be there otherwise. My prayers and my thoughts will be with you and the family.
    I would love to attend the community celebration in the fall if you can let me know when it will be held.

  4. Barbara and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. Prayers and hugs for the family. My God wrap his arms around your family in
    your time of need.

    Peggy ( Bates) Anders

  5. Cheryl VanWinkle Ludwig

    This is such sad news. Bill will certainly be missed by so many. My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to his wife, children and family.

  6. Dear Barbara and Family, I was so sad to hear of Bill's passing. He was a dear man, good colleague, and showed great kindness to me when I learned of my daughter's need for a life-threatening surgery. I am praying that God will comfort you all during this time and in the years to come. I know you miss him greatly.

    Kevin Moody

  7. Mark & Rhonda Grimes

    Barb & Family –
    Please know that Rhonda and I have you and the family in our prayers. Bill was amazing human being with one of the kindest hearts in the world. Some of my greatest and fondest memories are his sense humor. He truly was an enormous personality and will be missed by a broad group of people. I am privileged to call him a friend and will miss my interactions (no matter how infrequent they may have been). God bless you all and it my most sincere desire that you all can find peace in the knowledge that you had a one of kind husband, father, grandfather, teacher, colleague . God bless!

  8. Peter V. (van Nifterik)

    I am still at a loss. Bill was such a wonderful teacher and mentor, but more so just a great person to know. I will cherish our conversations about the business, sports, pop culture, and life. Any time I hear a commentator or broadcaster use the word "outstanding," I will think of Bill Lewis.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones…

  9. Lisa Msrie Schott

    I just now found out. My mother passed one month ago, today, So, I haven't been connected.

    Let me tell you about my friend, Bill.
    You didnt "get" and A in his class, you EARNED it. His standards were high, and it brought out the best in us students. I'm from the class of '95. And yet, his lessons still rosonate.

    One day, in class, it started snowing. A rare thing, for Alvin. I jumped up and said, can I grab a camera? (those old things were 50 pounds and three feet long) He said something to the effect of, "If you didn't I would be disappointed!" Lesson #1: Don't wait! Go Get that News!

    When the annual Balloon Fest rolled around, I got invited on a rare ride along , IF I brought that cool broadcast camera (again 50 pounds, three feet long). I myself, am barely 5 feet. Well, I didnt have time to call Bill and ask permission, so, I chose to ask forgiveness. The next day, I showed him my B Roll. I though he was gonna kill me. He said he would have booted me out the door if I would have missed that opportunity, also he said he wouldn't have claimed to know me, if I had dropped that camera. Lol
    Lesson #2: Don't Wait! You might miss your (air) ship!

    Finally, two decades later, my husband and I were on hard tines. I started working at KSBJ, and found social media, and "Mr Bill". He read a post I made about my husband trying ro fix our lawn mower, and told me to come to alvin and take his extra one. That mower lasted us about 10 years.
    Lesson #3: Don't Wait! Reconnect will old friends, they might give you stuff.

    Bill wanted to be respected. That he is. I thought he would live forever. I am so very sorry for your loss. He loved Barbara, he doted over his kids.

    In a famous question/answer from one of his film class exams, the we used to bring up all the time, "Deserve's got nuthing to do with it."
    He deserved to stay.

    You're leaving a lot of heavy hearts, my friend. Proof that you gave so much, and filled so many lives.

  10. Just woke up today finding this out now.

    Mr Lewis was one the best teachers I had in all my years of school. I remember sometimes going to his office and talking nonses sometimes as well. He wasn't just a teacher but a good friend. My condolences go out to his family.

    You will be missed but not forgotten.

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